The Rolling Western: Cowboys & Rock Monsters
That armadillo is one mean hombre.
It's only a matter of time before Nintendo announces the official launch of 3DSWare, downloadable games built from the ground up on 3DS. Not only do we expect them all to look significantly better than DSiWare, but the software will also support glasses free 3D.
Thus far, we know of two 3DSWare games slated to hit the States. The first is Capcom's Mega Man Legends 3: Prototype Version, which offers players a glimpse into the much larger Mega Man Legends 3.
The second, The Rolling Western, is a strange effort from Nintendo that harks back to the 90s, when several companies released games featuring different animal heroes. Sonic the Hedgehog and Crash Bandicoot survived. Aero the Acrobat and Bubsy, well, didn't.
Here, you step into the cowboy boots of Jiro the armadillo. Story details are scarce, but it appears that he sets out to save a town from monsters.
This 3D Western adventure features a mix of different play styles. Action enthusiasts will get their fix from rolling Jiro into a ball and (as the title implies) rolling through the desert into rock monsters, breaking these creatures to pieces. There's even a combo system, as the game keeps track of remaining enemies; Jiro may have to kill eight rock monsters before proceeding, for example.
Like Sonic, Jiro can charge up before rolling. He also has what appears to be a punching maneuver, as players are able to roll into a monster, leap into the air and then finish the attack with a good smack to the noggin.
In addition, the game has puzzles to solve, as well as one of the more intriguing features, tower defense. Strategy fans will collect resources and then upgrade various towers that automatically fire upon bad guys.
Aside from these details, much of the game remains a mystery. Nintendo displays Jiro's health using heart containers, similar to Zelda, but we don't know if said hearts increase over time.
Unfortunately, the publisher remains mum on 3DSWare, at least in the U.S. That said, we expect official announcements (including launch lineup) in the months ahead, possibly September/October, when Nintendo usually holds a press event.
For now, though, The Rolling Western seems like fun, and who knows? If Jiro becomes popular, Nintendo may include him in the 3DS Super Smash Bros. Stay tuned for more info, partner.